EveryMans NLT Proverbs - Page 25



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3
A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
but the path of the upright is an open
highway.
Commit your actions to the LORD,
and your plans will succeed.
20
Sensible children bring joy to their father;
foolish children despise their mother.
4
The LORD has made everything for his
own purposes,
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
21
Foolishness brings joy to those with no
sense;
a sensible person stays on the right path.
5
The LORD detests the proud;
they will surely be punished.
22
Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success.
6
Unfailing love and faithfulness make
atonement for sin.
By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.
23
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
it is wonderful to say the right thing
at the right time!
7
When people’s lives please the LORD,
even their enemies are at peace with
them.
24
The path of life leads upward for the wise;
they leave the grave* behind.
8
Better to have little, with godliness,
than to be rich and dishonest.
25
The LORD tears down the house of the
proud,
but he protects the property of widows.
9
We can make our plans,
but the LORD determines our steps.
10
26
The LORD detests evil plans,
but he delights in pure words.
The king speaks with divine wisdom;
he must never judge unfairly.
11
27
Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.
The LORD demands accurate scales and
balances;
he sets the standards for fairness.
28
The heart of the godly thinks carefully
before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows
with evil words.
12
A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.
13
The king is pleased with words from
righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.
29
The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
14
30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
good news makes for good health.
The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.
15
31
If you listen to constructive criticism,
you will be at home among the wise.
When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
16
32
If you reject discipline, you only harm
yourself;
but if you listen to correction, you grow
in understanding.
How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!
17
The path of the virtuous leads away from
evil;
whoever follows that path is safe.
Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom;
humility precedes honor.
18
Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.
19
Better to live humbly with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
20
Those who listen to instruction will
prosper;
those who trust the LORD will be joyful.
33
16
2
1
We can make our own plans,
but the LORD gives the right
answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the LORD examines their motives.
15:24 Hebrew Sheol.
15:31-32 If we really want to learn and grow, we must be willing to be held accountable by receiving
constructive criticism from others (see 10:8; 13:18; 15:5; 25:12). It is hard for many of us to receive
reproof because even when it is shared in love, it hurts. Our tendency may be to ignore correction to avoid
being hurt by such criticism. We would be wise to ask for feedback from people we respect. That way we
will learn from our mistakes and grow in maturity.





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